NAME: Darius Slayton
POSITION: Wide Receiver
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 81
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 190 lbs
PROS: Vertical threat who tracks and finishes on the ball well. Able to find the football over his shoulder despite contact. Adjusts to underthrown balls well. May not be a blazing speedster, but has enough build-up speed to get on top of defenders late.
Strong hands despite minimal targets. Natural catcher of the football. Has some strength to break tackles after the catch. Terrific size and build for a receiver, looks far thicker and more muscular than his 190-pound listing. Varies his releases and works corners physically to get position in route stem. Does a good job working open in scramble drills. Strong effort as a blocker.
CONS: Despite vertical prowess, doesn’t high point enough to project to a great contested catch receiver. Lets the ball come to him and rarely goes and gets it over defenders. For a receiver who relies on speed for his entire game, an elite 40 will be extremely important. Rumored to run 4.35, which would be faster than I expect to see. ESPN Recruiting has him running 4.92 out of high school. He’s definitely faster than that.
Route tree is super simple due to Auburn’s offense. Hitches, nine routes and bubbles are a large percentage of what he does. Don’t see the suddenness needed to create early separation in releases. Overall athleticism is a question mark.
Not an explosive playmaker with the ball in his hands. Doesn’t have the elusiveness to make defenders miss in space, nor the burst to get vertical in a hurry. Can he be more than a one-trick pony in the NFL? And is that one-trick good enough to get him drafted high?